Extraordinary Council Meeting


Council Chambers, Gundagai


5.30pm, Tuesday 8th November, 2022


Administration Centres:  1300 459 689



Extraordinary Council Meeting Minutes

8 November 2022


MINUTES OF Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
Extraordinary Council Meeting
Council Chambers, Gundagai
Tuesday, 8 November 2022 AT 5.30pm


PRESENT:                 Cr Charlie Sheahan (Mayor), Cr Les Boyd, Cr Trevor Glover, Cr David Graham,
Cr Gil Kelly, Cr Abb McAlister, Cr Penny Nicholson

IN ATTENDANCE:     Les McMahon (Interim General Manager), Glen McAtear (Acting Deputy General Manager - Corporate, Community and Dev), Matt Stubbs (Deputy General Manager - Operations), Linda Wiles (Manager Business), Sally Atkinson (Acting Manager Development, Building and Compliance), Janelle Chapman (Acting Manager Regulatory Services), Zac Mahon (Manager Finance)

1            Acknowledgement of Country

The Chairperson acknowledged the Wiradjuri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land at which the meeting was held and paid his respects to Elders, both past and present, of the Wiradjuri Nation and extended that respect to other Aboriginal people who were present.

2            Open Forum

No Open Forum was held.

3            Apologies

Resolution  308/2022  

Moved:       Cr Les Boyd

Seconded:   Cr Gil Kelly

Apologies from Crs Leigh Bowden and Logan Collins be received and leave of absence granted.


4            Disclosures of Interest


5            Confidential Items  

5.1         Closed Council Report

Resolution  309/2022  

Moved:       Cr Trevor Glover

Seconded:   Cr Penny Nicholson

1.       Item 5.2 be considered in closed Council at which the press and public are excluded in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 and related public interest reasons detailed.

2.       In accordance with section 11 (2) and (3) of the Local Government Act, 1993, the reports, correspondence and other documentation relating to Item 5.2 be withheld from the press and public.

5.2         Environmental Protection Authority v Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council 2022/00259364

Provisions for Confidentiality

Section 10A (2) (a)  – The Confidential Report contains personnel matters concerning particular individuals (other than councillors); and

Section 10A (2) (g)  – The Confidential Report contains advice concerning litigation, or advice as comprises a discussion of this matter, that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

Public Interest




5.2         Environmental Protection Authority v Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council 2022/00259364

Resolution  310/2022  

Moved:       Cr Trevor Glover

Seconded:   Cr Gil Kelly

The General Manager, following receival of legal advice, be delegated authority to make decisions in regard to Councils plea to the offence, and in the event Council plead guilty, enter into discussion with the EPA to seek to agree to additional facts in respect of the measures that it took after the incident.



5.3         Resumption of Open Council Meeting

Resolution  311/2022  

Moved:       Cr Penny Nicholson

Seconded:   Cr David Graham

The Open Council meeting resume.



5.4         Announcement of Closed Council Resolutions

Note: The Chairperson announced the resolutions made in Closed Council.

The Meeting closed at 6.12pm.

The minutes of this meeting were confirmed at the Extraordinary Council Meeting held on 22 November 2022.